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2019-20 Atlantic Division Season Preview

by Keith P Smith

Oct 21, 2019 11:35 AM

On the Celtics retooling with Kemba Walker, Brooklyn getting a pair of superstars, the Knicks' Plan B, Philadelphia supersizing their roster, and the Raptors keeping the title momentum going without Kawhi Leonard. Read more »

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Thirty Histories: Toronto Raptors

by Colin McGowan

Oct 10, 2019 5:05 PM

Vince Carter wasn't everything Toronto wanted him to be, but he was its first love. Like a lot of first loves, he was both singular and not enough, an unclipsable unit of measurement unto himself. Read more »

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2019 Eastern Conference Offseason Chatter From Summer League

by Keith P Smith

Jul 24, 2019 10:41 PM

With so much turnover this offseason, and another exciting draft class, teams had lots and lots to say. Read more »

Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia Sixers, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards, Brooklyn Nets, NBA

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The Free Agency Farce And The Fun Guy Abiding It

by Louis Keene

The safest claim about Kawhi Leonard's forthcoming decision is that it will be his own. Reverse engineering his decision beyond that will always be a guessing game. Read more »
Toronto Raptors: 2019 NBA Offseason Preview

by Keith P Smith

The Raptors' summer isn't really all that complex. If Kawhi Leonard returns, they will contend for another title. If Leonard leaves, they'll start to pivot towards youth and building for the future. Read more »
By Slaying Legends, Kawhi Leonard Has Become One

by Micah Wimmer

By stopping two potential three-peats by two of the greatest would-be dynasties of the last decade, Kawhi Leonard has established himself as a giant killer, the NBA's version of those legendary dragon slayers of yore. Read more »
Toronto Became Inevitable The Way Golden State Previously Felt Preordained

by Colin McGowan

The Warriors may have run out of bodies, but the Raptors were, the whole time, failing to inspire the typical condescending adjectives we lend to underdogs. They were killers. Read more »
All The Kyle Lowrys Were On Display In Game 5

by Colin McGowan

Kyle Lowry is beloved by basketball technocrats because he plays the game like they imagine they would. He's also a spectacular spaz. He and the Raptors have two more chances to make amends. Read more »
Kawhi Leonard's Hyperfunctional Game 4 Has Toronto One Win Away

by Colin McGowan

Beneath, around, and exactly at Kawhi's boring surface are multitudes. All he does is drain tough jumpers, lock down scorers, and mumble. Put another way, all the moon does is reflect the sun's light back at us. Read more »
The DeRozan-To-Kawhi Heart Transplant

by John Wilmes

The mark of Kawhi Leonard's spirit on the Raptors' Finals run is unmistakable. They are no longer any more prone to mental or spiritual lapses than any other title fighter; in fact, they are noticeably allergic to the psycho-emotional flights. Read more »
Raptors Win Game 3 Before Whatever's Left Of Klay, Durant Return

by Colin McGowan

The Warriors are currently far from what you imagine when you hear their name or see their colors. Stephen Curry's Game 3 was heroically futile. Great players have limits and Toronto is too deep and skilled. Read more »
The Volatility Of Pascal Siakam

by Micah Wimmer

The variance in Pascal Siakam's play is hard to explain or make sense of, but he needs to find some semblance of stability, enabling the rest of the team to feel secure and to ensure that good games from other players do not go to waste. Read more »
Golden State's Emblematic Third Quarter Fury Puts Raptors In Game 2 Stress Dream

by Colin McGowan

The Warriors are going to perform their third quarter act more often than not. If the Raptors don't respond with panic and dread, at least they give themselves a chance. But life is sometimes cruel for no reason. Read more »
Siakam, Gasol Keying Raptors' Game 1 Win Was Befitting

by Colin McGowan

The symmetry is nice: in Toronto's first ever Finals victory- a long time coming in the sense that it's been 24 years of existence without a single trip to The Finals, longer-seeming due to their habitual postseason collapses- they relied on a pair of projects, one fading from stardom and one emerging into it, who took a circuitous route to top of their field. Read more »
J.R. Smith/Dion Waiters Power Rankings, The Next Generation: NBA Finals

by Jonny Auping and Alex Siquig

Klay Thompson is too good to grace these power rankings but his luxuriousness to the Warriors gives him a unique pass, while the way Patrick McCaw has proven himself to be a man past surprise sneaks him onto the list as well. Read more »
It's Okay To Be A Little Romantic About The Raptors

by Colin McGowan

We strive to explain the Raptors' Finals run because it's a dense question to puzzle over and we've got time to kill. But there is something else to do, less active but no less worthy: appreciating the moment, and everything that's come before, not divining a straight line through it but drinking in the beauty and ugliness of the broader pastiche. Read more »
The NBA's Four Exceedingly Disparate Semifinals

by John Wilmes

The Bucks and Celtics finally playing serious basketball, the Kawhi Leonard avalanche, auditing Warriors-Rockets and the hardwood candy of Nuggets-Blazers. Read more »
Kawhi Leonard Has Nothing To Prove

by Micah Wimmer

The Raptors need Kawhi Leonard more than he needs them, which makes his impenetrable nature all the more compelling. Read more »
The Maximum Available 2019 Cap Space for All 30 NBA Teams, Version 2.0

by Keith P Smith

The Knicks, Clippers, Hawks, Kings and Lakers project to have the most cap space this offseason. Read more »
The Business Of Being Kyle Lowry

by Katie Heindl

Kyle Lowry has shown that it is possible to elevate all the right aspects in the business of putting a player's career first without sacrificing loyalty and contribution to the team. Read more »